A Being(s) in Love Story
David is in love with Tulip, a kind and unusually quiet fairy in his social circle. But everyone knows Tulip doesn't date humans. David tells himself he is happy to be Tulip's friend, because he doesn't believe a fairy could love him and Tulip has never tried to "keep him" - as fairies refer to relationships with humans.
Fairies are drawn to David, describing his great "shine", but David knows only too well how quickly fairies can forget humans, and thinks he's destined to be alone. He can't see his own brilliance or understand how desperately Tulip wants him, even if Tulip believes David can do better.
But exhausted and more than a little tipsy at a Christmas party, David makes his feelings too obvious for Tulip to deny any longer. Because of a past heartbreak involving a human, Tulip is convinced someone as shiny as David could never want a "silly, stupid fairy" in his life. Now, if he wants to keep David, he'll have to be as brave as his shiny, careful human.
©2016 R. Cooper (P)2017 Dreamspinner Press
This is a lovely, understated story and Micheal Fell's performance only enhances it. David and Tulip have both been hurt before and their journey towards reaching out and learning to trust again is, while raw at times, very emotional. Though set in a world where magical creatures are real and intermingle with humans the central themes and plot are so universal and grounded in reality that it hardly feels like fantasy. There are no grand quests here, only people struggling to find their place in a world much like our own.
Fell emotes well without being cheesy and gives characters voices that are distinct but not distracting. I highly recommend it.
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